Book Signing with Local Poet Richard Dey for Westport Point Poems
August 10, 2017
Please join us on Saturday, August 19th for a book signing with Richard Dey! He will be at the store from 11:00am – 1:00pm to sign his collection of poetry Westport Point Poems.
Westport Point Poems spans nearly five decades and includes poems based on offshore lobstering and swordfishing as well as on sailing a Beetle cat on the Westport River. Other poems concern different boats and people, associating them with various themes. They are equally personal and impersonal, of the sea and the land, in formal and free verse, and a few are very humorous. You are as likely to come upon a poem about a capsized boat as about the degradation of the salt marshes. There are two fine elegies also, one for the late New Bedford architect Christopher Gillespie, uniting the deceased with the estuary peninsula.
Praise for Westport Point Poems:
A sailor, commercial fisherman, and published poet, Richard Dey has inhabited the several worlds of Westport Point. He has found love there and the wrenching absence of love. He has become a witness to its seasons. This remarkable gathering is both Dey’s tribute to this riverine world and an unforgettable account of his Westport passages.
—Llewellyn Howland III, author of No Ordinary Being: W. Starling Burgess and The New Bedford Yacht Club: A History
With experience both as a fisherman and a sailor, Richard Dey represents a unique American voice. For those of us that work and play and identify intimately with small boats, he is our Robert Frost. Dey is the author of clean, powerful, and personal verse about coastal New England life: on the docks, at the tiller, walking the marsh’s edge, or gazing in the shed in winter and seeing far more than a boat under a tarp.
—Richard J. King, series editor of “Seafaring America” and author of The Devil’s Cormorant
Richard Dey is the laureate of southeastern Massachusetts and its shoreline. He writes with a sturdy New England eloquence and makes poetry from what many of us take for granted: this sandy, rocky coast; the changeable offshore waters; the stubborn, deep-souled people who live and work here.
Charles McGrath, former editor of The New York Times Book Review